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Science class can dazzle with less danger, experts say

Some teachers don’t know about standard safety measures to lower the dangers of hands-on experiments, officials said.

Family of Winchester man slain in Benghazi files claims

Glen Doherty’s family and executor of his estate are seeking $2 million in damages from the government.

Obama announces campaign to prevent campus sexual assaults

The president announced the “It’s on Us” campaign Friday, which urges young people to help prevent assaults at school.

Florida felon kills his 6 grandchildren

The bodies of Don Spirit’s daughter and her six children were found ‘‘all over the property” in Bell, Fla., authorities said.

Scotland ‘no’ fails to stop Catalan secession push

Lawmakers in Spain’s Catalonia region voted overwhelmingly Friday to give their leader the power to call a secession referendum.

CIA halts spying in Europe

The measure comes in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the US and the Edward Snowden revelations.

Fence jumper at White House sparks evacuation

A man jumped over the fence of the White House Friday, making it into the presidential residence before officers grabbed him.

Utah doctor gets up to life in wife’s murder

The sentence came seven years after Martin MacNeill knocked out his wife with drugs and left her to die in a bathtub so he could begin a new life with his mistress.

American suspect confesses in Bali killing, police say

A Chicago man has confessed that he killed his girlfriend’s mother in a luxury hotel on Indonesia’s Bali island.

Pennsylvania ambush suspect could be aided by dense woods

With tens of thousands of acres of forest offering ample opportunity to hide, the self-taught survivalist has avoided capture.

Body of missing Texas deputy found in lake

Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis was found dead Friday afternoon in Lake Austin, an emotional Travis County Sheriff announced.

Oklahoma judge dismisses Ten Commandments lawsuit

The monument at the Oklahoma Capitol does not violate the state constitution and can stay there, an Oklahoma County judge said Friday.

Suspect in 1998 bombings pleads to lesser charges

An Egyptian lawyer pleaded guilty on Friday to lesser charges in the 1998 plot to bomb US embassies in Africa.

Conn. ex-governor convicted in campaign finance scheme

The felony conviction is the second for John Rowland, who resigned a decade ago over illegal gifts he received while in office.

Vietnam jails 4 policemen in death of suspect

A Vietnamese court sentenced four policemen on Thursday to up to 17 years in prison for beating a suspect to death, in an unusually harsh punishment for police brutality.

Calls grow for judge in domestic violence case to resign

In a sign that the outrage has expanded, a federal judge in Alabama faces abrupt and potent pressure to resign after he was charged with striking his wife last month.

Coach tied to beating of gay couple quits job

An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday.

Sheriff: Fla. man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter

A once-convicted felon killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself on Thursday.

Senate votes to support Obama on rebel aid

Congress cleared the way Thursday for the US military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants.

‘Three Cups of Tea’ author plans reluctant return

Greg Mortenson doesn’t want to talk about his best-selling book, but everybody else does — including his own charity.

White House orders plan for antibiotic resistance

WASHINGTON — Signaling the seriousness of the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant germs, President Obama on Thursday ordered the government to create a national plan to fight them by early 2015.

Federal charges for pair in Amish kidnapping case

ALBANY, N.Y. — The couple accused of kidnapping two young Amish sisters in northern New York were charged Thursday in federal court with sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography.

Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life

SUNBURY, Pa. — A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their ‘‘permanent removal’’ from society is appropriate.

Man arrested in fast-growing California wildfire

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A man has been charged with deliberately starting a Northern California wildfire that has shown explosive growth and driven nearly 2,800 people from their homes, authorities said Thursday.

Trooper ambush suspect added to most wanted list

SCRANTON, Pa. — Corporal Bryon Dickson was an impeccable officer who put his family first, friends and colleagues said Thursday at the slain state police trooper’s funeral, just hours before his suspected killer was added to the FBI’s most wanted list.

Veterans Affairs plans pay boost to cure its doctor shortage

WASHINGTON — The troubled Department of Veterans Affairs said that it will boost the maximum salaries for incoming doctors and dentists as part of Secretary Robert McDonald’s push to hire an estimated 28,000 health-care providers to handle the backlog of veterans who need care.

Intelligence director disputes allegations he lied

WASHINGTON — James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, denied Thursday that he lied to Congress about government surveillance last year, and he rolled out a new national intelligence strategy that includes principles of ethics for intelligence officers.

Police: Officers fatally shoot man near St. Louis

Police said the black suspect pointed a rifle at them in a St. Louis suburb.

Florida man allegedly shoots his daughter, 6 grandchildren

The slain children ranged in age from 3 months to 10 years old, authorities said.

Border Patrol to test wearing cameras

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol will begin testing body-worn cameras on agents next month, the head of its parent agency said Thursday, a step toward seeing if the technology should be used in the field as the government seeks to blunt criticism about agents’ use of force.

‘Person of interest’ sought in Virginia student search

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police want to talk to a man who was seen by a witness with a University of Virginia student the night she disappeared, an official said Thursday.Charlottesville Police Capt. Gary Pleasants said the witness came forward Wednesday after two more grainy surveillance videos were released of Hannah E. Graham from the Downtown Mall.

Senate approves plan to train Syrian rebels

Both Massachusetts senators voted against the measure, which now heads to President Obama for his signature.

Former Ohio deputy arrested in colleague’s slaying

Mitchell Ruble, 63, was indicted by a grand jury and arrested Tuesday in the February 1981 shotgun slaying of Deputy Lt. Ray ‘‘Joe’’ Clark.

Benghazi probe looks set to go deep in 2016 race

The Republican chairman of a special House panel on Benghazi charted a course for his probe to stretch deep into the 2016 presidential election.

Principal resigns post after Wyoming hazing skit

The principal of a Wyoming high school has resigned after new staff members were hazed with sexually suggestive words and actions.

Eisenhower Memorial panel considers Gehry’s design

The federal commission is working to build a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall.

Divided House votes to arm Syrian rebels

The vote was to arm moderate Syrian rebels against the Islamic State.

Doctor says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has cancer

Ford has a rare and difficult cancer that will require aggressive chemotherapy, his doctor said Wednesday.

Panel presses for sweeping changes to end-of-life care

The US system for handling end-of-life care is largely broken and should be overhauled at almost every level, a national panel concluded in a report.

School police rethink stocking US military surplus equipment

Departments across the country have stocked up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers, and scores of M16 rifles.

8 years for guns supplier in firefighter deaths

Dawn Nguyen, 25, pleaded guilty in June to three felonies, including supplying guns to a known felon.

Crews battle California fire’s explosive growth

Hundreds of additional firefighters were dispatched to the fire near the town of Pollock Pines, about 60 miles east of Sacramento.

China hacked US military contractors, investigators say

China’s military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, Senate investigators said.

Obama reaffirms opposition to combat in Iraq

The president says the fight against the Islamic State group cannot be America’s alone and will require a coalition.

US general won’t rule out US ground forces in Iraq

President Barack Obama’s top military adviser said he would recommend deploying US forces if airstrikes prove insufficient.

Judge extends grand jury in Ferguson case

The jury must decide by Jan. 7 whether officer Darren Wilson will be criminally charged.

CDC study: Americans’ bellies are expanding fast

People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines are known to run a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other obesity-related ailments.

Markey to ask Congress to suspend coal sales

The issue has grown more pressing as companies seek to increase exports to Asia, where coal prices can be much higher than in the United States.

US persuades firms to cut gases used in air conditioning

The Obama administration announced a series of moves aimed at cutting emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs.

US poverty rate declines slightly, Census Bureau reports

The poverty rate declined slightly last year for the first time since 2006, but there was no statistically significant change in the number of poor people.